LOS ANGELES - With controversy swirling around them and frustration mounting over the past couple of tumultuous weeks, the Lakers avoided tying a franchise record low by snapping a nine-game losing streak with a desperately needed 132-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
It's an editorial decision we've grappled with in this space every time Ball said his son is better than Stephen Curry or said the Lakers would beat the Warriors in the playoffs. Lonzo Ball scored five points on 2-of-10 shooting, but had 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Who can forget Magic's 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists standing in for Abdul-Jabbar? And he explained it better than anyone has since Ball became a lightning-rod figure when his son was emerging as a UCLA star a year ago. And they say, "Well, we don't want to, but our bosses tell us we have to because of the readership".
They held Sacramento to 34.5 percent shooting from the field - the lowest by an opponent this season - which resulted in a 35-8 advantage in fast-break points.
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Walton was not sated by the win, however. And then, when Ball inevitably attacks Walton again, the Lakers could simply remind everyone they'd already said all they needed to. When Sacramento beat Los Angeles 113-102 on November 22 at Golden 1 Center, Ball had 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds; Fox had 13 points, three assists and four rebounds. Just as easily, though, that play could have turned into another missed opportunity for the Lakers.
"You know how many parents of my players have probably been at home saying 'why isn't he playing my kid?' and yet we are sticking a microphone in front of his face because apparently it gets ratings".
Bogdan Bogdanovic and Garrett Temple also assume some of the point guard responsibilities for the Kings. It's a non-issue for San Antonio, so don't expect them to provide attention. I've never had to talk to a parent who's been upset about playing time. It certainly helped that Lopez reached 18 points and five triples on the night. It is not the responsibility of the media - even an outlet affiliated with a league - to protect coaches from criticism, even if all involved agree that the particular troublemaker in question is indeed what Carlisle describes as a "blowhard loudmouth". "They don't want to play for him". "Eleven assists and only one turnover is awesome". Kerr focused on society's gradual movement towards less substantive news, working in ESPN's spate of layoffs while also stressing he wasn't blaming ESPN's coverage. Lopez suddenly got hot as he made back-to-back threes to start a 26-5 run that gave the Lakers control of the game in the third.
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